You see beautiful facelifts on a regular basis – either in person or on TV – but you don’t realize it because they are virtually undetectable. You only hear about the facelifts that went wrong. What makes the difference? The choice of physician. That’s because there are as many ways to perform a facelift as there are surgeons.
The best way to ensure a beautiful, natural-looking facelift is to choose a surgeon with extensive training and experience, as well as happy former patients and the eye of an artist.
Besides being an artist with a keen interest in design and architecture, Dr. Petroff has dedicated his career to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been in practice for more than 25 years and studied under some of the most prestigious surgeons in the field.
Under the care of Dr. Petroff, you can be assured that you will still look like yourself after your facelift – just like the you from 10-15 years ago. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift rejuvenates the mid to lower face and neck. It can correct:
- Midface sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Sagging/excess areas of fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
How is a rhytidectomy performed?
Names like “minilift” and “short-scar facelift” are merely marketing terms that mean nothing and are not necessarily easier for the surgeon or less invasive for the patient. For this reason, Dr. Petroff primarily performs a deep plane facelift, which experts agree yields the best, most natural, most anatomically sound, and longest-lasting result.
Facelifts are performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center, where we utilize local anesthesia with IV sedation anesthesia. The procedure takes about three hours to perform.
The procedure includes muscle or “SMAS” repositioning, fat sculpting, as well as trimming and redraping of skin. It allows for the optimal repositioning of both skin and muscle so that there is no tension left on the skin. With this technique, Dr. Petroff is able to produce a natural-appearing result that will hold up for 10 or more years.
The incision begins in the temporal hairline and travels along the anatomic boundaries of the ear and hairlines. Sometimes, another small incision is made under the chin. The incisions are closed with fine sutures, and scars are hidden in the hairline where they are generally cosmetically undetectable.
See real patient results! View our before and after gallery for Facelift/Neck Lift.
What is recovery from a facelift like?
After your rhytidectomy, Dr. Petroff will wrap the incisions in bandages and may place a drainage tube in the area. The tube will be taken out the next day. Surgical clips used to hold the incisions closed will be removed one week after the facelift along with your sutures.
At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Most of these symptoms resolve within 3-6 weeks, and sensation returns fully to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy, or itchy in time.
Many patients return to work by the second week. Camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising. Our medical spa staff will assist you with makeup camouflage, lymphatic drainage facial massage, and ultrasound treatments.
You should be gentle with your skin and hair as you recover. Hair color may be used after 4-6 weeks, and earrings can be worn after 4 weeks. Men may need to shave behind the ears where areas of beard-growing skin have moved.
How long do the effects of a facelift last?
One of the main advantages of the deep plane technique is that it can last 10 or more years. This depends somewhat on the patient, but it also depends on the skill of your surgeon. Dr. Petroff has performed secondary facelifts on a number of his patients who come to him again years later because they trust his abilities and his results.
What won’t a facelift correct?
A facelift cannot rejuvenate the eyebrows, eyelids, or nose. It cannot lift the cheekbones, although your cheekbones will appear more prominent after a deep plane facelift as a result of the mid-face portion of the procedure. Some patients opt for a brow lift (forehead lift), eyelid lift, (blepharoplasty), or cheek augmentation, if indicated and recommended by Dr. Petroff.
For some, non-surgical injectables such as Botox® or dermal fillers can provide additional enhancement after a facelift by further smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, particularly on the upper part of the face that is not affected by a facelift. This can enhance overall facial rejuvenation. Skin resurfacing procedures can also be helpful to provide an even more comprehensive result on the finer lines of the skin.